Help this reader!

Brooklyn Bride reader Cara is having a total crisis with her reception…anyone have any ideas?

I’m sort of in crisis mode and wondering if you and/or the Brooklyn Bride community can   help. I’m getting married on October 10 in Park Slope.  The ceremony is at St. Saviour Catholic church (8th Ave/6th Street) and the reception was going to be at a local restaurant.  The restaurant said they didn’t need a deposit until we had finalized the menu – but we had worked out several other details and drafted a contract.  So after our recent tasting I emailed the owner with our finalized menu choices and asked when we should drop off the deposit. He responded with a short email that said they had changed their events policy and will no longer close the restaurant for events and that if we’d like to use a portion of the restaurant for an event no larger than 65 people he could work with us.  Our guest list 130 (according the previous arrangement we made) – we’ve already sent Save-the-Dates, our families have booked hotel rooms in Park Slope, we’re in the process of printing invitations with the name of the restaurant on them, and we’re less than 4 months away.  Needless to say we’re sort of freaking out.  As a back-up we might be able to hold the reception in the parish hall at the church, but we’ll need to very quickly figure out decorations and catering.  I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where to turn for venues in Brooklyn that might still have availability on short notice and can handle 130 guests or caterers that won’t break the bank and are easy to work with (as I’ll probably be more frazzled than anticipated) … since I hadn’t intended on using a caterer, I didn’t do any research about local options.  Help!!

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New twitter

Since my @brooklynbride account was suspended (probably due to the hackjob), I’m temporarily relocated to @bklynbrideblog, so feel free to follow me there.  If I ever get my hands on that hacker……

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and we’re back…

Hey everyone

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that Brooklyn Bride is finally up and running again, thanks to Lucia over at dlsh.  Apparently, a hacker got into my system and installed some malware, which led to a lot of red notices on computer screens and for Google to setup lots of warnings.  Its even affected my Twitter, which is attached to the blog via RSS feeds, so hopefully that will get sorted out soon.

Sorry for any confusion the past few days…I was locked out of my admin and couldn’t do anything!

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Housing Works presents Bride on a Buck

Special one-stop shop evening and chance to buy new bridal gowns by Vera Wang, Marchesa, Gucci and more for thrift shop prices

Housing Works doesn’t let the recession keep bridal dreams from coming true. Housing Works Thrift Shops present Bride on a Buck—an exclusive shopping event recession-conscious brides can delve into veils first. Brides will get:

First dibs at drastically reduced NEW designer dresses in sizes 4-8 (retail at $3000-$9000, will be sold at 75% off) from bridal couturiers such as:

Vera Wang, Giovanni Ravello Bridal Couture, Monique Lhullier, Marchesa

Vintage wedding dresses and formal dresses also available! Don’t need a dress? Brand new shoes from Yoriko Powell (also priced at 75% off retail!) and vintage veils and accessories also will be up for sale.

* Complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Housing Works’ own catering company, The Works
* Free raffle of floral arrangements donated by Tantawan Bloom
* Gift bags filled with goodies (for the first 50 brides)
* Free makeup application

Can’t make it on Wednesday evening? The Gramercy Shop will continue the bridal sale on Thursday, June 11th, 2009.

Event details:
WHAT: Housing Works Gramercy Thrift Shop Bride on a Buck
WHEN: Late night shopping and party, June 10th from 7 to 9pm; sale continues June 11th from 11am to 7pm (Cost: FREE)
WHERE: 157 East 23rd St. between 3rd and Lexington Aves.

All profits from Housing Works Thrift Shops go to Housing Works’ lifesaving services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Those services include housing, medical care, meals, job training and drug treatment programs. Like Housing Works’ other locations, the Soho store will provide jobs for participants in Housing Works job training program for people living with HIV and AIDS.

ABOUT HOUSING WORKS: Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States, as well as the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization. Since 1990, we have provided lifesaving services to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. For more information visit www.housingworks.org

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Engagement shoot winners

I’m happy to announce that Alana and Francisco won the free engagement shoot by Jennifer Causey!  Congrats you guys!  Jen will get in touch with you directly.

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